VOLUNTEER EVENT: Red Apple Supply Store

Our CEO and Board Member of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Jordan Paul, along with MHC REAL Leaders, spent the morning of Friday, July 27th volunteering at the Education Foundation’s Red Apple Supplies Store. Volunteers helped organize the warehouse and prepare school supplies for local teachers for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

We often hear stories of teachers coming out of pocket to purchase essential school supplies. To address this issue, the Education Foundation launched Red Apple Supplies in 2016. Red Apple Supplies is a store which arms teachers of Title I Palm Beach County Schools with free resources for their students and classrooms. They now support 32 schools where 95-100% of the students come from low-income families who find it difficult to afford essential school supplies. Since it’s inception, Red Apple Supplies has given away over $460,750 in free supplies.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, a proud supporter of the Education Foundation, played a critical role in the launch of Red Apple Supplies by identifying the store’s site and negotiating the initial lease. We were thrilled to be able to support such a wonderful cause again through a great morning of social service and camaraderie.

Click here to learn more about Red Apple Supplies and learn how you can make a difference supporting public education.

 

 

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Volunteer Day at Peggy Adams

MHC REAL Leaders volunteered on Friday, March 16th at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach. After a lovely tour by Shelter Manager, Brittni Fleming, they helped organize and clean parts of the Intake and Receiving building. Afterwards, they visited with some of the animals looking for their fur-ever homes.

Operating continuously since 1925, Peggy Adams has been positively impacting animal welfare and addressing overpopulation in Palm Beach County through a variety of services including adoption and spay/neuter programs, affordable vaccine clinic, Peggy’s Pantry and other important advocacy work.

Click here to see how you can make a difference and enjoy some pictures of the day below.

 

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Big Heart Brigade Thanksgiving Outreach

Since 1992 The Big Heart Brigade volunteers have prepped close to 2 million Thanksgiving dinners for less fortunate ones in our community. This years massive undertaking served a traditional turkey dinner for over 45,000 people and was fueled by 4,000 volunteers. The volunteers cook, package and deliver the meals to needy ones, many in Pahokee and Belle Glade, on Thanksgiving Day.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s REAL Leaders have enjoyed volunteering for the past several years. This year over 20 REAL Leaders donned their red shirts to assist in the breakdown of the site that was behind Fire Station #3 on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. In past years, our team has worked as an assembly line to package the food in to-go containers. This years effort required a little more elbow grease to clean the gallon tubs all the fixings were stored in and get the site cleared out.

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: MHC REAL Leaders Help Distribute Over 800 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes

Our MHC REAL Leaders had the pleasure of volunteering for the fifth time at the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway. The Urban League of Palm Beach County has been the leading provider of comprehensive family services to over 16,000 disadvantaged families in our community each year. Their clients live below the poverty line and in under-served and challenged areas throughout Palm Beach County.

Through sponsorship and volunteer efforts they distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes that include everything a family needs to have a happy and healthy holiday. Our social service team was in charge of unloading the turkeys, packaging them into bags and handing them out to families. When the team started to arrive around 7AM there was already a line of appreciative families waiting outside of the location and a steady stream continued until the last turkey was passed out to the 800th family.

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Giving Back to the Community – MHC REAL LEADERS

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman prides itself on its support of the community we live and do business in. The firm encourages all of its employees to get involved and we sponsor regular community service team building projects benefitting numerous local non-profit and charity institutions. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s REAL LEADERS program began in 2009 and together we have supported countless organizations through volunteer work, cash, and in-kind donations.

Our principals, agents and employees hold leadership positions in many local charitable and non-profit groups, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Easter Seals
  • Children’s Place at Home Safe
  • Community Youth Sports Associations
  • Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
  • Junior League of the Palm Beaches
  • Kids in Distress
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Families First of Palm Beach County

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Palm Beach County Food Bank

Our REAL Leaders spent the morning of Friday, August 25th at the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Lantana, where they assisted in sorting through donations and also brought items to add to the pantry. The Palm Beach County Food Bank is committed to being a strong leader in addressing the issues surrounding hunger in Palm Beach County. There is a collective resolve in working together to help children, families and seniors. They are focused on fighting hunger through 4 programs – Food Recovery & Distribution, Marjorie S. Fisher Nutrition Driven, Food 4 Our Kids, and Benefits Outreach. The organization supports more than 140 partner agencies in Palm Beach County with food, programs, resources, and services.

Our REAL Leaders were happy to spend the day assisting such a great organization that helps needy ones in our own backyard. CLICK HERE to see how you can help the fight against hunger.

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NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Has Gone to the Dogs

MHC Real Leaders volunteer at Big Dog Ranch Rescue

It’s true, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has gone to the dogs… well, at least the company’s social service team did. MHC Real Leaders spent Friday, May 19, at Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s new facility. Big (and little) Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. Over 10 years ago, Big Dog Ranch Rescue began as Florida Weimaraner Rescue and in 2008 expanded to rescue all dog breeds. Since then, they have saved over 12,000 innocent dogs and puppies who would not have survived without their intervention. Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s primary goal is to save even more lives and the space to do so was the most significant hurdle. Through an outpouring of community support and donations, the Ranch has begun construction on their dream facility – a cage-free, life-saving campus.

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VOLUNTEER EVENT: Gleaning with CROS Ministries

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Our REAL Leaders spent the morning of Friday, February 10th, in the field, picking over 2,500 lbs. of tomatoes that will distributed to a local soup kitchen.

CROS Ministries utilizes volunteers to recover fresh fruits and vegetables from mango groves, farmers’ fields, cull lines, and donors’ backyards. This food recovery strategy allows the harvested produce to be distributed free of charge through the Palm Beach County Food Bank to their food partners. The Department of Children and Families estimates that 54 million pounds of produce go to waste every year. The Palm Beach County Food Bank has also calculated that 32 million pounds of food are needed to ensure that no one goes hungry in our community. Feeding America reports that 15% of Palm Beach County residents are “food insecure” which means that 200,000 people do not know where their next meal will come from. According to the most recent census data, one in four children in Palm Beach County lives below the poverty line and 61% of elementary-age children attending Palm Beach County public schools are on the free and reduced cost lunch program.

A field supervisor gave the group a quick orientation and directed us to the proper area in the Boynton Beach field. After being picked, the produce is placed into boxes that are loaded into a pick-up for transport to a truck that will take the produce to the Food Bank. CLICK HERE for more details on how you can help.

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2016 Volunteer Events

We had a busy 2016, full of giving back. Please see a summary of our volunteer efforts below:

January 29th – Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County. For over 25 years the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County has been the voice of the homeless advocating for their rights and a place they can call home. MHC REAL Leaders were happy to sponsor and serve lunch for the 70 homeless men and women that stay at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center. The group also spent some time organizing items in their retail donation center. Donations made to the Homeless Coalition are not resold, but instead available at no cost to those in their program. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help.

 

April 22nd – Panther Ridge Conservation Center. Panther Ridge is a non-profit conservation center that provides a home, haven and hope for some of the world’s most majestic and endangered cats. Most of these cats were rescued from threatening situations in which they had been abused, abandoned or neglected. The facilities are custom-built, providing the cats with native-like habitats and ample room to roam. Our REAL Leaders helped with painting and cleaning the facilities and had a great time learning about all of the big cats that call Panther Ridge home. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help.

 

 

June 10th – Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. The American Red Cross has a nationwide Home Fire Campaign that works to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Smoke alarm installation is critical to this cause. Our group installed and checked fire detectors in a mobile home park in Palm Springs. Volunteers were treated to a light breakfast during orientation and dispersed amongst the community to ensure it’s residents were safe with properly installed fire detectors. CLICK HERE for more details on the program.

 

 

November/December – Spreading Holiday Cheer. Some of our favorite events have been during this time of year. We were happy to participate in the Big Heart Brigade and Christ Fellowship’s Thanksgiving Feast where more than 45,000 meals are prepared and distributed, the Urban League of Palm Beach County‘s Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway where boxes of everything a family needs to make a Thanksgiving meal are given to needy ones in the community, and the Adopt-a-Family’s Adopter and Santa Shoppe program where we shop for a families wish list items and assist in a holiday party for children and families.

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